Apart from the snow-clad mountains, deep valleys, and clear blue waters of the Indus River, Kashmir has a lot more to offer, making it a true tourist’s paradise! One of them is dry fruits. From walnuts to pine nuts and from cashew nuts to almonds, perhaps, there’s hardly a variety that you do not get in Kashmir. But then, where do you buy dry fruits in Kashmir? Or, in other words, which are the best places to buy dry fruits in Kashmir? This blog answers these questions by talking about the five best places to shop for dry fruits in J&K.
Top 5 Places to Buy Dry Fruits in Kashmir
1. Lal Chowk
Lal Chowk is one of the busiest markets in Srinagar. The Koker Bazaar here, in particular, is where you get dry fruits. Koker Bazaar offers a broad range of almonds, raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, and many others to help you choose from the massive variety. But what about prices? Well, that’s something you will have to find out locally while in the market. However, some bargaining can help you save some money to shop more or buy something else.
2. Residency Road
Pretty near to Lal Chowk, Residency Road is another marketplace option to buy dry fruits in Kashmir. So, you can visit both these markets on the same day to add to the variety of the dry fruits you buy.
Dry fruit shops on the Residency Road showcase sacks of walnuts, pistachios, cashew nuts, etc., outside the shop to help you get a glimpse of the quantities and the variety of dry fruits available with them. Additionally, you may buy some tiny red cherries to pamper your taste buds.
Shopian is another significant place to buy dry fruits in Kashmir. The market is a heaven for dry fruit and fruit-lovers, as it has an extensive range of dry fruits such as walnuts, apricots, chilgoza, etc., for sale. Additionally, Shopian, fondly termed “Kashmir’s Apple Town,” offers the famous Kashmiri apples. So, while buying dry fruits in the Shopian market, you may also want to shop the world-famous Kashmiri apples and give yourself an amazing apple treat!
4. Raghunath Bazaar, Jammu
Raghunath Bazaar is an incredible place to buy everything from Kashmiri carpets, woolens, saffron, spices, and, yes, dry fruits. But while shopping for dates, walnuts, apricots, cashews, etc., you may also want to taste the local Rogan Josh, Yakhni lamb curry, and Dum Aloo. Raghunath Bazaar is truly a shopper’s paradise, especially if you are looking for local produce.
Sopore, Baramulla, which is otherwise famous for the variety of fresh apples, and cherries, offers a wide variety of dry fruits. While in Sopore, you can buy almonds, cashews, raisins, and much more.
Dry fruits are a specialty of Kashmir. So, while in Kashmir the way you wouldn’t miss on visiting Srinagar’s Dal Lake, Pahalgam, or Gulmarg, you must not miss stepping into a local market to buy dry fruits and local specialties. That’s because these would serve as memories with which you would return home and cherish them for a long time!